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arr Leslie Pearson

Christmas Is Coming

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Instrument: brass septet (score and parts)
Grade: slightly difficult
Catalogue No: 9707
ISMN No: 9790570277391

Scored for 3 trumpets  3 trombones  tuba  2 percussion  organ/keyboard

"When I set out to arrange traditional Christmas carols I was determined that they should not be yet another run-of-the-mill, strophic, verse-by-verse version of our Christmas heritage. I have tried to treat each carol in the collection as the basis for a Petite Fantasie - a continuous, single-movement of variations on the original tune. Of course, the carol is heard in its traditional form at some point during the arrangement but hopefully its appeal is enhanced without destroying the traditional concept. In particular, White Christmas, Silent Night and the middle sections of Hark the Herald and Christmas is Coming have the soft "lush" treatment. Christmas is Coming has a humorous opening and a "Noblimente" end. The collection is, in all, a delightful mixture of musical styles through the ages." Leslie Pearson
Leslie Pearson
Leslie Pearson is one of Britain's most versatile and distinguished keyboard players whose musical experience ranges from recital accompaniments to hundreds of film and TV recordings.

Equally at home on Piano, Organ or Harpsichord he appears regularly with all the London Orchestras and has made guest appearances on record and in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

His imaginative continuo playing of the Baroque repertoire has received widespread acclaim for many years, including no less than six recordings of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' (from Itzhak Perlman's to Christopher Warren-Green's) and three different versions of Handel's 'Messiah.'

In the commercial field he can be heard on the sound-tracks of many film and TV scores; Dr Who (for 14 years), Jewel in the Crown, Blake's Seven, Poirot, Lovejoy, Middlemarch, Sherlock Holmes and the films Star Wars, Superman, The Alien, Chariots of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral (as solo organist), Pink Panther, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Avengers and many more.

As a composer and arranger he has written music for TV schools programmes, graded pieces for Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Piano which are used as set pieces in the Associated Board Examinations, Brass ensemble music commissioned by Philip Jones for his Brass Ensemble and an ARGO recording of folk song arrangements played by the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner - now published by Kalmus USA.

Leslie Pearson has always been associated with Brass players particularly trumpeters. Over the years he has accompanied, either on organ or piano, Philip Jones, David Mason, John Wilbraham, Michael Laird, John Wallace, John Miller, Graham Ashton, and for the last twenty five years Crispian Steele-Perkins in recitals in the UK and abroad.
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